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Siegbert Tarrasch
Number of games in database: 947
Years covered: 1879 to 1933

Overall record: +443 -202 =256 (63.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 46 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (123) 
    C77 C67 C78 C66 C80
 French Defense (59) 
    C11 C10 C14 C01 C12
 Four Knights (39) 
    C49 C47 C48
 French (37) 
    C11 C10 C12 C00 C13
 Orthodox Defense (25) 
    D55 D53 D64 D63 D61
 Queen's Pawn Game (25) 
    D02 D05 A46 E10 A40
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (98) 
    C67 C77 C83 C80 C82
 French Defense (47) 
    C00 C01 C12 C11 C13
 Sicilian (33) 
    B40 B34 B23 B45 B24
 Tarrasch Defense (31) 
    D32 D34 D33
 French (30) 
    C00 C12 C11 C13
 Ruy Lopez, Open (30) 
    C83 C80 C82
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914 0-1
   Tarrasch vs Romberg, 1893 1-0
   Tarrasch vs Allies, 1914 1-0
   Tarrasch vs Reti, 1922 1-0
   Tarrasch vs E Thorold, 1890 1-0
   Tarrasch vs K Eckart, 1889 1-0
   Tarrasch vs G Marco, 1892 1-0
   Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914 1/2-1/2
   Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1894 1-0
   Spielmann vs Tarrasch, 1923 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship Match (1908)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Breslau (1889)
   9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894)
   Chigorin - Tarrasch (1893)
   Vienna (1898)
   Marshall - Tarrasch (1905)
   Monte Carlo (1903)
   Ostend (1905)
   Hastings (1895)
   Nuremberg (1896)
   San Sebastian (1912)
   Monte Carlo (1902)
   18th DSB Kongress (1912)
   Hamburg (1885)
   Frankfurt (1887)
   Semmering (1926)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Three Hundred Chess Games (Tarrasch) by Qindarka
   Tarrasch's Dreihundert Schachpartien by Honza Cervenka
   good games by sk.sen
   Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess. Part I. by Dr. Siggy
   T Players Tease Fredthebear by fredthebear
   Praeceptor Mundi by chocobonbon
   Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess. Part III. by Dr. Siggy
   Vienna 1898 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Vienna 1898 by suenteus po 147
   Monte Carlo 1903 by suenteus po 147
   Ostend 1905 by suenteus po 147
   Odds games by WhiteRook48
   Match Chigorin! by amadeus
   Chigorin-Tarrasch match by keypusher

   Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914
   M Porges vs Lasker, 1896
   Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1894
   Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914
   Marshall vs Lasker, 1914

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(born Mar-05-1862, died Feb-17-1934, 71 years old) Germany

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Siegbert Tarrasch was born in Breslau. At 15, he learned the game of chess, and he shot to prominence quickly, winning four consecutive international tournaments: Breslau (1889), Manchester in 1890 ( ), Dresden (1892) and Leipzig (1894). He won the Monte Carlo (1903) tournament. After Tarrasch's compatriot Emanuel Lasker won the World Championship, the two players agreed to terms for a match to take place in autumn of 1904, but the negotiations collapsed after Tarrasch requested a postponement. A Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship Match (1908) eventually took place, but by then Tarrasch was aged forty-six and he was defeated by the score of +3 -8 =5. Despite this loss, Tarrasch was held in high regard throughout his career for his contributions to opening theory.

Tarrasch was an editor for Deutsche Schachzeitung, and also published Die Modern Schachpartie and Three hundred Chess Games.

Lines from both the Queen's Gambit and the French Defense are named after him. He is known for a guideline in Rook endings that Rooks generally serve their best purpose behind passed pawns. Many of his theories on the principles of mobility and other aspects of positional play still stand as well, and today guide players of all levels of ability.

Notes: Siegbert played consultation chess on the teams of Tarrasch / von Bardeleben / von Scheve / Schotlaender and Tarrasch / Harmonist / Heidebreck.

Wikipedia article: Siegbert Tarrasch

 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 947  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tarrasch vs A Schottlaender 1-0221879BreslauC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
2. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0241879BreslauB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
3. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0321879BreslauC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
4. Tarrasch vs A Schottlaender 0-1241879BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
5. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0261879BreslauA00 Uncommon Opening
6. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0331879BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
7. Tarrasch vs Von Scheve 1-0191879BreslauB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
8. Tarrasch vs F Riemann 0-1181879BreslauC67 Ruy Lopez
9. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0391879BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
10. Tarrasch vs W Cohn 1-0271880matchC11 French
11. Tarrasch vs N Mannheimer 1-0271880BreslauC55 Two Knights Defense
12. Tarrasch vs W Cohn 1-0291880matchB44 Sicilian
13. Von Scheve vs Tarrasch 0-1301880BresslauC30 King's Gambit Declined
14. Tarrasch vs N Mannheimer 1-0281880BreslauC42 Petrov Defense
15. Tarrasch vs NN 1-0111880BerlinC50 Giuoco Piano
16. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0211880BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
17. Tarrasch vs Pribulsky 1-0301880BerlinC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
18. Von Scheve vs Tarrasch 0-1151880BreslauC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
19. Tarrasch vs B Lasker 1-0231880BerlinC42 Petrov Defense
20. Mendelson vs Tarrasch  0-1461880BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
21. Tarrasch vs Von Scheve 1-0191880BreslauB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
22. F Riemann vs Tarrasch 1-0411880BreslauC30 King's Gambit Declined
23. Tarrasch vs Vogt 1-0201880Breslau000 Chess variants
24. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0241880BreslauC49 Four Knights
25. Tarrasch vs N Mannheimer 1-0371880BreslauC39 King's Gambit Accepted
 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 947  PGN Download
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Oct-03-17  JimNorCal: "To my memory no-one that actually knew Tarrasch has ever described him as obnoxious."

First of all, I heartily agree with <Poulsen>. It is, frankly, stupid as well as unfair to judge people from the past by the standards of today.

But, just to recount a bit of history, there is a story in Ray Keene's Nimzo book. As an up and coming player, Nimzo was granted an opportunity to play a serious game with Tarrasch. Several friends were onlookers. After a dozen or so moves, GM T remarked something to the effect of "I've never had such a won game as I have now". This disparagement really upset Nimzo (he was able to draw the game, btw).

So now we have two episodes. I'm still willing to consider Tarrasch a decent guy.

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  keypusher: <JimNorCal>

The Hastings tournament book on Tarrasch:

<Visitors to the Congress will remember him as a neat, well-dressed, sprightly gentleman of very engaging manners, and always with a fresh flower in his button-hole. Certainly a favorite with onlookers, his board was generally well patronized whoever was his opponent.>

On Lasker:

<Like his great rival [Steinitz], he takes chess and life generally in a very serious way, and there seems to be little fun in either of their natures. If this means that humor is inimical to chess, so much the worse for the latter. On the other hand, however, there is Dr. Tarrasch, who has plenty of true humor in his nature, and Pillsbury and others are not wanting in that element. >

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  tamar: The nearest we have these days to Tarrasch is Kramnik, who also can be off-putting to some, but embodies the player/ teacher role when explaining his games.
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  Petrosianic: Maybe, but it's kind of a rough analogy. Tarrasch was a writer, like Chernev, Reinfeld, Soltis or Pandolfini, but unlike those, he was also a world class GM. Tarrasch taught a whole generation through his books. Kramnik may be eloquent in post mortems, but he hasn't got a body of work like that that people can learn by.
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  whiteshark: Other world-class players and 'prolific' writers that come to mind:

past time: Lasker, Alekhine, Nimzowitsch, Reti, Tartakower,

Botvinnik, Bronstein, Keres, Euwe



(Gelfand, Ivan Sokolov)

[imcomplete] tbc...

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  Petrosianic: Yes, there are others, but I don't think Kramnik is in their league. Although maybe he could be if he took to serious writing.
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  offramp: <whiteshark: Other world-class players and 'prolific' writers that come to mind: past time: Lasker,>

Lasker prolific? I can think of two books: Lasker's Manual of Chess and the book about St Petersburg 1909. What have I missed?

<Alekhine, Nimzowitsch, Reti...>

I can only think of one book by Réti: Masters of the Chessboard. I suppose he might have been prolific in Czech.

<Tartakower,...Botvinnik, Bronstein, Keres...>

I must have missed the Keres books.

<Euwe...> I thought a lot of Euwe's writings were ghosted.



(Gelfand, Ivan Sokolov)>

Yussupov was a co-writer with Dvoretsky on some of his books.

I think Nunn is the top Grandmaster/writer, at least in English.

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  WorstPlayerEver: <offramp>

Lasker also wrote other books. One of them is named: "Kampf (1907)"

Sounds familiar?

Oct-04-17  Straclonoor: <I must have missed the Keres books.> Keres wrote a lot of books.
In my collection:
- '100 games'
- 'French defense'
- 'Opening enciclopedia' vol.1 (king's gambit etc.)
Oct-04-17  beatgiant: <offramp>
<I can only think of one book by Réti: Masters of the Chessboard. I suppose he might have been prolific in Czech.>

Make that two: he also wrote <Modern Ideas in Chess>.

<whiteshark> said <'prolific' writers>. Do only books count? Does two qualify for prolific, in scare quotes?

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  offramp: <WorstPlayerEver: <offramp> Lasker also wrote other books. One of them is named: "Kampf (1907)"

Sounds familiar?>

Yes. I remember Kampf now. It was translated into English as <Struggle> then made into a 1974 film starring Jim Nabors and Phyllis Diller called <G-g-g-g-g-Gollee>.

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  zanzibar: <Lasker prolific? I can think of two books: Lasker's Manual of Chess and the book about St Petersburg 1909. What have I missed?>

Lasker also wrote a chess magazine for at least a couple of years, and was a chess editor for Pester Lloyd (sp?) for a spell.


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  zanzibar: Oh yeah, he also authored or co-authored a couple of tournament books, e.g. St. Petersburg (1909):

* * * * *

And how about bridge?

<In 1930, Lasker was a special correspondent for Dutch and German newspapers[88] reporting on the Culbertson-Buller bridge match during which he became a registered teacher of the Culbertson system.[88] He became an expert bridge player,[1] representing Germany at international events in the early 1930s,[29][34] and wrote Das Bridgespiel ("The Game of Bridge") in 1931.[89]>

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  john barleycorn: Lasker also wrote "Common Sense in Chess". His first chess book as far as I know.
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  WorstPlayerEver: <zanzibar>

Thanks for the links!

Lasker is a great chess writer. I once had a book with copies from newspapers. It was printed very badly, I remember. But I enjoyed the stories. He also wrote chess fiction stories in those papers.

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  keypusher: For some of these people it wouldn't be a bad idea to include links to their public-domain books in their bio. Couple of bodice-rippers from Dr. Tarrasch:

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There you can download old (chess) books which have no copyright.

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  whiteshark: D'oh! As non-native it seems that I've mixed it with <profiled>. ;)
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  zanzibar: Here is Nimzowitsch himself talking about the animosity(*) between the two (forgive me if this has been quoted before):

< Right now I'd like to say that if I didn't feel that enmity against Tarrasch, I wouldn't have really learned to play chess. To play stronger than Tarrasch - that was my desire during 1904-1906. And here's an advice for my readers: "If you wish to achieve results, choose a mortal enemy for yourself and try to dethrone him". Though I think it's necessary to add: while my hostility towards Tarrasch was caused by personal motives, it wasn't fueled by them (we have never quarreled again since 1904), but rather by a deep ideological antagonism that I felt ever since we first met. I've always considered Tarrasch mediocre; yes, he was a very strong player, but all his views, sympathies and antipathies, and unability to create new thoughts - all that obviously proved the mediocrity of his personality. I've always loved genius, and I couldn't put up with the fact that the leader of a dominating school was a mediocre man! That fact exasperated me!>

There's actually a little more too:

(*) So, should I conclude that the animosity was mostly a fiction created by Nimzo as a motivational device?

Oct-07-17  Retireborn: I should say that the antagonism (though rather petty) was real enough, and Nimzowitsch's talk of a motivational device was just post facto self justification.
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  WorstPlayerEver: Nimzo was funny, hard to understand for a cg member.
Oct-07-17  JimNorCal: Just slightly earlier than the section quoted by zanzibar is this bit which explains how things got out of hand.

"After move 10, Tarrasch, his arms folded, suddenly uttered the phrase, "Never before in my life did I have such a won position at move 10 as in this game!" I, nevertheless, managed to draw the game. But I couldn't forgive Tarrasch for this public "humiliation" for a long time."

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  perfidious: <offramp....I think Nunn is the top Grandmaster/writer, at least in English.>

One more vote for the good doctor; his writing style is erudite, clear and all round excellent--any player could learn from him.

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  offramp: User: whiteshark Okay. No problem. I responded to an error so let's forget about it.
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  WorstPlayerEver: <perfidious>

Yeah, his best work is probably 'My 60 Memorable Games'

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